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In a social media post Wednesday, President Trump threatened to withhold federal funding to Michigan for what he described as a “rogue Secretary of State” “illegally” sending absentee ballots to 7.7 million people — a claim prompted by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s announcement of a plan to send absentee ballot applications to qualified Michigan voters.

“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election,” the president tweeted. “This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!” Trump followed up the post by tagging Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought, Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and the U.S. Treasury Department.

While Trump accused Benson of “send[ing] absentee ballots” to millions of residents, the Democratic Secretary of State’s plan is to first send the 7.7 million qualified voters applications for the ballots.

Benson quickly responded to Trump’s tweet by highlighting the distinction between sending out ballots and ballot applications.

“Hi! I also have a name, it’s Jocelyn Benson,” she tweeted in response. “And we sent applications, not ballots. Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia.”

But people on Trump’s side, including Republican strategist and adviser to Donald Trump Jr. Andrew Surabian, argue that Trump is right that Benson has acted “illegally.”

“Benson announced Tuesday that she will mail all of Michigan’s 7.7 million voters an absentee voter application, an effort first employed in the May 5 election to curb in-person voting amid the coronavirus,” The Detroit News explains. “Benson said earlier this month she was focused on educating voters on their right to vote absentee for no reason, a move approved by voters in 2018.”

Sending out the ballot applications to everyone, Benson said Tuesday, is part of her “responsibility to provide all voters equal access.”

  • Evangeline says:

    States can’t just change the rules for voting. This gov should be punished.

  • MJ says:

    If people can stand in line to go in places like Wal Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc…they can dang well stand in line to cast their vote! This is all made up crap by the Democrats to cheat to win the elections just like this made up crap of COVID -19! Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are not doctors. Why are the pushing so hard for a mandated vaccine? Why are the Media and Democrats so afraid of an FDA approved drug, Hydrochloryquine , to fight this so call Pandemic? Why are they concerned about President Trump taking it? They hate him so much and if they think it could kill him, you would think they would be glad he is taking it! Could it be because they know it will prove this whole thing is a hoax? What’s with this “Contact Tracing?” It’s to keep track of all of us so they can CONTROL us! Use it to quarantine us and eventually put us in camps like they did the Jews! Wake up Americans!! Wake up before it’s too late! We are not sheep!

  • sandra tabor says:

    They cheat in all elections. They cheated in 2016 and still did not win. They will cheat again in 2020, and will not win, because God is in control. Trump will be reelected no matter what they try do. Trump 2020!!! God’s chosen one to expose all corruption and clean it up.The dems time is almost up. They will all be voted out of the house, and senate in November.

  • Wilson says:

    Have those ass holes seen the drive through at Chick-fil-A?

  • LST says:

    Demonrats working so hard to steal the ’20 elections, go figure. Pieces of shit.

  • mike dar says:

    ‘Applications’ are not fully explained… the first step in ‘Applying’ is getting “Funding” for “Spending” on the Ballot Envelopes and will include a price for every voter on the rolls for the entire State.. these ‘Mail-in’ Ballots will all go through DNC State chartered operators, paid for with State taxes, going to one of but a few companies that print these Ballot envelopes for America, that are Bar Coded for “Sorting” purposes including right down to Street addresses(includes Zip code and sub-zip).
    This is where the fraud is effected.. USPS Mail Sort Centers. Sort Centers provide a unique location where simply hitting a few keyboard keys the Sorting machinery can ‘sort’ any ballot… as seen fit, the Sort Centers, have zero Election Officials oversight, zero allowance for any public citizen to enter or observe.
    Sort Centers have Shredders and burning facilities on the grounds. Caught in 6 of 7 Sort Centers for rotating ballots to the rear of the line in the 2018 Special elections where it was happenstance the 2nd of the bi-annual “Agency Review” personnel just happened to be conducting the bi-annual performance review, this was found, ballot processing being manipulated.
    One cannot avoid the method, means and opportunity rules.. the only place 16 million mail-in ballots can literally disappear into thin air over the last 10 years are these choke points.. a dozen or so USPS Mail Sort Centers.
    16 million envelops, keep in mind that the time log of Ten Years only encapsulates about 6 months of actual -Mail-in ballot’ mailing. 16 million ballots dissapeard over 6 months!
    Tell me folks, what do you think the mechanics of disappearing 16 million envelopes would entail without a chain of discovery, no evidence, none found in waste bins, garbage dumps. Where would a capacity to disappear 16 million be feasible?
    Understand, the Sort Centers use sorting machines computer controlled and it only requires on person on the controls and one person to dump bins into shredders… multiplied by a ‘dozen’ Sort Centers 24 people can totally control an election by ‘Mail-in”. Understand also, those few companies making the Mail in Ballots are all owned by Democrat donators, they make MORE ENVELOPES than ever needed in every cycle… so adding ballots to the USPS Sorting Centers can be done, out of sight….. out of mind……….

  • Roadtreck says:

    Perhaps this is the reason Pelosi wants to give the USPS ALL THOSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

  • CF